Going on a business trip often means spending lots of time travelling by plane. Why not using this time more efficiently and starting to network before even arriving at your destination? Lufthansa is making it possible with FlyingLabs, an open innovation platform making the impact of digitalization visible and tangible. Lufthansa FlyingLab enhances leading international conferences with themed pre-conference flights, aimed at people who are attending these events. In the first part of the flight experts deliver lectures giving business relevant insights and in the second part passengers can try out innovative technologies, primarly wearables that you can test in a relaxed atmosphere during the flight.
WT | Wearable Technologies is supporting Lufthansa FlyingLab with the choice of speech topics and wearable test products. The first flight in cooperation with WT | Wearable Technologies in the category of digitalization and technology was from Frankfurt to SAPHIRE NOW in Orlando in May. Every passenger got the chance to check out the Muse Brain Sensing Headband, a headband that makes meditation easier. Meditation has been proven to reduce stress and increase focus, but it can be hard to know if you’re doing it right. Muse provides you with real-time audio feedback on what’s happening in your brain when you meditate, letting you know when your mind wanders and teaching you to regain focus.
And even tomorrow (on September 13) the Lufthansa FlyingLab will take off from San Francisco heading towards me Convention in Frankfurt. On board will be our former WT | Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup 2015/16 finalist Pins Collective. Remember pins on the jeans jacket in the 80ies? The Pin One by Pins Collective is the digital revival of the wearable art form. You can choose any picture, text or animation (GIFs) in the Pin smartphone app. Via a Bluetooth connection the artworks are trans-mitted onto the Pin. Switching between different artworks requires only a few swipes. On the Lufthansa FlyingLab me Convention all speakers and team members will wear Pins.
Another wearable tested on board will be the Sleep Shepherd Blue, a comfortable, adjustable headband containing speakers and EEG sensors. The wearable optimizes your sleep patterns with a biofeedback system using binaural beats and EEG measurements to slow your brain rate from an awake state to a sleeping state. The binaural beats are two tones, played into each ear. Each tone is set to a very precise, but different, frequency. When these tones cross in your brain, your brain deciphers the different and adapts to them. This allows you to intentionally lower your brain rate. The Sleep Shepherd Blue gives you a deeper and more relaxing sleep.
Next events are already in planning – stay tuned which wearables will be chosen next by WT | Wearable Technologies for the Lufthansa FlyingLab!